FAqs

For Growers

How do I grow hemp in Oklahoma?

Hemp grows naturally in the Sooner State, but farmers must apply to the state’s pilot program to cultivate it commercially. Botanac helps farmers navigate the process and educates them on best practices to increase yields. If you would like to partner with Botanac to grow industrial hemp in Oklahoma, fill out the contact form.

Will hemp negatively affect my other crops?

Hemp is a superb rotational crop with soil reclamation properties that add nitrogen while absorbing toxins. Hemp suppresses weeds and is less likely to develop diseases or harbor pests than other crops.

Will I have to take another crop out of rotation in order to plant hemp?

Not necessarily; it depends on what is currently being grown. Hemp is an ideal rotation crop which can be planted in fields previously cropped to soybeans, alfalfa and wheat. Corn is a good rotation crop to follow hemp.

Is hemp the same thing as marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana can be thought of as very different cousins. Both are varieties of the cannabis sativa plant, but industrial hemp contains less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient present in marijuana. Neither hemp nor any products made from it have mind-altering affects and cannot get people high.

Hemp is still illegal, right?

The Federal Agricultural Act of 2014 legalized hemp cultivation research programs in states where such activity is legal. More than three dozen states have started hemp programs since President Barack Obama signed the legislation.

Gov. Mary Fallin legalized industrial hemp cultivation in Oklahoma on April 23, 2018, when she signed HB 2913. The bill created the Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program.

Do you have to be licensed to grow hemp in Oklahoma?

Yes. Oklahoma growers must work with an institution of higher education and the state application must be approved by The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry to participate in the pilot program. Click here to download the state application. Hemp cultivation outside the pilot program is not permitted.

How do I partner with universities to grow hemp?

Sign up to participate through Redlands Community College here.  Or contact Botanac, and we will walk you through the process.

For Buyers

Can people get high on hemp?

No. All industrial hemp must have less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), effectively eliminating the ability to get high by consuming it.

Will consuming hemp-based products make people fail a drug test?

All Botanac products comply with industry regulations and have been thoroughly tested and certified to have less than 0.3 percent THC at the time of harvest. However, before consuming any CBD product we recommend speaking to your physician. 

Isn’t all hemp fiber and oil the same?

No. Hemp grown for fiber is different than hemp grown for seed and oil. Botanac educates farmers on hemp cultivation nuances, guiding them on soil and climate conditions needed for specific uses.

Does Botanac independently test crops?

Yes. Botanac tests all our hemp by an independent third-party tester.

Does Botanac grow hemp or buy from a distributor?

We do not buy from distributors. Botanac works with famers to oversee and grow our hemp. We provide high-quality hemp seeds for grain, fiber and CBD. We also provide seasoned consultants from Colorado to help farmers who grow with us increase yields and produce superior hemp.

Where is the industrial hemp processed?

Botanac’s opened a hemp oil processing facility in fall 2018.  We will process all the biomass for CBD consumption in Oklahoma.

Botanac’s industrial hemp fiber is processed in California, but will soon be processed in Oklahoma. Botanac’s goal is to have the largest fiber processing plant in the country, and we are actively working to establish the facility.

What are hemp’s uses?

There are more than 25,000 applications in nine submarkets recognized by the 2018 Congressional Research Study, including nutritious foods, medical supplements, textiles and plant-based plastics. Hemp can be grown as a seed, fiber or dual-purpose crop. Botanac believes there are more than 50,000 uses, but not all have officially been recognized.

What is cannabidiol (CBD)?

Cannabinoids are a group of closely related compounds that act on the cannabinoid receptors in the body. Cannabinoids are unique to cannabis plants such as hemp. The body creates compounds called endocannabinoids, while hemp produces phytocannabinoids. Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid which possess the majority of the health benefits of the cannabinoid class of compounds.  Studies have revealed that CBD interacts with receptors throughout the body to help with many conditions.

What are the benefits of hemp seeds?

Hemp seeds are extremely healthy and nutritious.  They are rich in healthy fats and proteins and a perfect sources for omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Can hemp replace plastics?

Plastics release toxic chemicals when they break down, poisoning our ecosystem and society. Hemp is an environmentally-friendly option for non-toxic, biodegradable bioplastics.